Saturday, January 7, 2017

Joy Angel

Merry Monday Challenge Blog's theme this week is "Angels." I decided to make this quick card, using the "Sweet Angel" image from Bugaboo Stamps.

I used Sketch #97 from Operation Write Home for my design. I did a mock-up in Photoshop, just to make sure the design would work with my image & greeting (from Doodle Pantry's "Holiday Greetings" set, discontinued). After sizing the image & greeting, I then printed them onto a piece of 140 lb. watercolor paper. I trimmed the panels to size, and colored the angel with my Inktense pencils, using a damp paintbrush to apply the color from the pencils. When that had dried, I added a coat of glitter with the Spectrum Noir Clear Shimmer pen to the wings & halo.

I cut 2 pieces of patterned paper, from my scrap stash, to the sizes in the sketch. The watercolor paper is not a bright white, and the background of the patterned paper is. So I lightly inked the patterned paper with Antique Linen Distress ink, just to tone it down a bit. Finally, I adhered all my panels to a piece of pink cardstock I'd cut to 4.25x5.5". I mounted that onto a white A2 card base, and my first Christmas card for 2017 was done!

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Pile It On #123: "Any Holiday/Celebration"
Catch the Bug Challenge Blog: "Anything Goes"
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: "Start Afresh" (angel is a new-to-me image)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: "New Something"
613 Avenue Create #193: "Anything Goes w/Optional Twist - Totally Technical" (watercoloring with Inktense pencils is one of my favorite techniques)
Creative Knockouts #175: "Anything Goes"


  1. Good for you! 1st week of January and you have a start on the Christmas cards - I'm impressed! Very pretty, soft coloring on the angel - nicely done Andrea! Thank you so much for sharing your project and creativity at 613 Ave C!
    ~ginny, DT for 613 Ave C: [ATG]
    Owner: RubberMAD (

  2. Gorgeous Angel image Andrea, Lovely Christmas card. Thanks for joining us at Merry Monday this week. Happy New Year!

  3. The sentiment and image work well together! Your design is light and cheery! Great crafting job. Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana, Owner

  4. Darling card, Andrea, and a sweet take on the challenge! Thank you for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  5. Simply adorable. I love the simplicity of your layout, it highlights the sentiment and image beautifully. Thank you so much for playing with us at Creative Knockouts Anything Goes Challenge. Good luck!

    Tamie DT


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